30-0 Arcadia brings home the gold

Arcadia’s two games in Madison were almost mirror images of one another.

In both the state semifinal and state championship games, Taylor Haines was nearly untouchable on the mound and speedster Hillary Filla was able to manufacture the winning run.

“As soon as I went on for Mikaela (Brueggen) and got to third on a passed ball, I was like, it’s going to happen again,” said Filla.

An Alyssa Pronschinske sacrifice fly scored the game’s only run as Arcadia wins the 2014 WIAA Division 3 state championship 1-0.

“We told Alyssa after Hillary stole second and got to third on a bad throw, second pitch was squeeze,” said Arcadia head coach Dave Bjorge.

“I tried it and it didn’t work so he said we need contact. I got into the box and just– make contact,” said Pronschinske.

Haines closed out her high school career in grand fashion tossing seven shutout innings and allowing just a pair of hits. She struck out 17 batters, second most in a WIAA Division 3 game ever.

“Unbelievable,” said Bjorge. “17 strikeouts, but in a state final game? How huge is that? But she’s been big for us all year long.”

“I was a big part of the team but I wouldn’t have done it without any of the other girls,” said Haines.

The win closes out a perfect 30-0 campaign, becoming the first WIAA softball team since 2008 to finish a season as unbeaten state champions.

“That’s crazy. You don’t hear that,” said Alli Petz on her team’s incredible accomplishment.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” added Brueggen.

Bjorge after the game was overcome with emotion. “That’s not going to be gone for a long, long time. It’s a pretty special group of kids. I’m very happy for them.”